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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chile 1-0 Honduras

Jean Beausejour's goal earned Chile a first World Cup victory for 48 years as Marcelo Bielsa's side got their 2010 campaign off to a winning start with victory over Honduras.

Chile came into the match well tipped to emerge from Group H alongside favourites Spain, and Bielsa's men ended a 13-match winless streak in World Cup Finals in comfortable fashion with Honduras grateful to goalkeeper Noel Valladares for keeping the score down.

Chile's ambitious approach was full of one-touch passing, movement and pace and provided a refreshing change, and it was helped by a Honduras side that also looked to break at pace.

Such was Chile's dominance against a poor Honduras side, that the only surprise was that it took until the 34th minute for them to break the deadlock.

There was an element of fortune about it, Beausejour's finish coming courtesy of a ricochet off a Honduras defender, but some fine build-up play between Sanchez and Mauricio Isla deserved its reward.

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